There is nothing worse than realizing that there is something about you that is different from other people and psoriasis can be something that can separate you from other people if you let it. While other people may have healthy skin or mostly healthy skin, as a psoriasis sufferer, your skin can be red, flaky, itchy, patchy and so on and so forth which can be quite embarrassing even for the most confident person. Imagine this through the eyes of children which to them can not only be embarrassing but also scary. When dealing with psoriasis in children, here is how you can help.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition which means that it will probably be a lifelong struggle. This is a life changing condition and children may have a much harder time dealing with the reality of this life changing disorder. How they deal with it will depend on the response from the adults in their lives so that they know that they can still lead normal lives and can learn to manage the symptoms effectively.
When dealing with psoriasis in children, what they will need first from the adults in their lives is the reassurance that they are going to be okay and that these flare-ups will happen from time to time.
Children can become fearful of psoriasis flare-ups and deal with a lot of anxiety when the skin patches show up and when they go away, becoming anxious about when or if they will return.
This can cause emotional issues and cause some children to act out emotionally. This can mean that one child may be fearful while another child may be angry and still another child may experience sadness for not being like other kids who don’t have to deal with this chronic skin condition. No one can predict how a child will react once they get this diagnosis, so it is important to offer love and support to children. This is also important to reassure them especially when they interact with other children who can be very cruel about things they do not understand.
We all have body issues young and old but children can be affected much more by their body image and how they are viewed by other children. They want to fit in and be accepted and not feel like they are different which can lead to rejection. The psoriasis lesions which can look patchy, dry, and red can cause them to feel different from other children and even be rejected by other children.
There are some important things to make sure that your child understands in order to help them deal with this skin disorder. The first is to let them know that this condition is not contagious which can be something to educate other children about if they are afraid to play with your child because they don’t want to “catch” psoriasis.
Second and probably most important is to let them know that they are not alone and that there are many other kids and adults who suffer the same thing. About 3 percent of Americans suffer from this chronic skin condition. It may also help to get them involved in a children’s support group, if you can find one in the area. If not, there are always online support groups that can help the parents and the child deal effectively with this condition.
Educating yourself about this condition so that you will be better able to answer your child’s questions and educate them about this condition can help to keep their fears at bay. Being educated can also help to keep anxieties away and emotionally help the child. Once they learn about the disorder, they can then be able to figure out their triggers as well as how to prevent future outbreaks. Empowering a child to take charge of their disorder will help them out in the long run as they enter adulthood.
These are just a few tips on how to deal with psoriasis in children. For step by step guidance on how to eliminate and minimize psoriasis flare-ups, the Psoriasis Revolution guide may be necessary. Find out more about this bestselling holistic guide here.